Juan Soto
20-Year-Old OutfielderOF
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Simply put, Soto had one of the best seasons for a teenager of all time. His talent has never been in question, but the fact he even made his debut in 2018 came as a huge surprise considering he opened the year at Low-A. Soto arrived in the majors May 20 and made an immediate impact, homering in his first career start. He never looked back after that, posting a stellar .923 OPS and missing out on the Rookie of the Year award only because of an equally impressive season from Ronald Acuna. Among MLB hitters with at least 450 PA, Soto ranked sixth in BB% (16.0), 10th in wRC+ (146) and 12th in BB/K (0.80). Again, he was 19 when he did this. He handled righties (152 wRC+) and lefties (128 wRC+) just fine, so don't worry about a platoon. The loss of Bryce Harper may cost him some RBI and runs, but it also likely locks him in as the cleanup hitter indefinitely. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Nationals in May of 2018.
Remains in lineup
OFWashington Nationals
July 17, 2019
Soto remains in the lineup Wednesday in Baltimore despite a sore shin.
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Soto fouled a ball off his leg in Tuesday's game, but he finished that contest and won't require a day off. He's hitting .342/.422/.632 in the month of July.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
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#8
#9
11
53
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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#3
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#5
#6
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1
5
12
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .898 247 36 12 44 1 .293 .372 .526
Since 2017vs Right .948 612 98 27 87 10 .297 .419 .529
2019vs Left .953 122 18 5 22 1 .308 .385 .567
2019vs Right .945 243 39 12 39 5 .297 .416 .530
2018vs Left .846 125 18 7 22 0 .279 .360 .486
2018vs Right .949 369 59 15 48 5 .297 .421 .528
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .955 431 64 14 68 5 .316 .427 .528
Since 2017Away .912 428 70 25 63 6 .276 .384 .528
2019Home 1.004 189 26 8 36 5 .333 .418 .586
2019Away .885 176 31 9 25 1 .264 .392 .493
2018Home .913 242 38 6 32 0 .301 .434 .480
2018Away .929 252 39 16 38 5 .284 .378 .550
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Juan Soto compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.73
 
BB Rate
15.4%
 
K Rate
21.0%
 
BABIP
.346
 
ISO
.239
 
AVG
.298
 
OBP
.407
 
SLG
.537
 
OPS
.944
 
wOBA
.409
 
Exit Velocity
90.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
36.2%
 
Barrels/PA
6.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
A fractured right ankle, hamate bone surgery and hamstring strain combined to limit one of the game's most exciting young prospects to just 32 games in 2017. That didn't stop him from reminding dynasty-league owners of his extreme upside when he was on the field. Soto's 172 wRC+ ranked third among Sally League hitters with at least 80 plate appearances. He walked more than he struck out, despite being the third youngest hitter to spend the majority of his season in that league. In addition to an elite approach and hit tool, Soto projects to provide 30-plus homer power in his prime seasons, but he won't generate much value with his legs. Given how advanced his bat is, it would not be surprising if he were aggressively assigned to the Carolina League after just 23 games at Low-A. The ankle and hamate injuries seem flukey, so while it's obviously concerning that he couldn't stay healthy in his first full season, it would be a mistake to discount him too much. All the tools are here for Soto to finish the season as a top-five prospect.
While he has not yet played above short-season ball, Soto made too much noise with his bat last year to qualify as an under-the-radar target in dynasty league drafts. He was seen as an advanced hitter with above-average power potential when the Nationals signed him out of the Dominican Republic for $1.5 million in 2015. So far, Soto has delivered on that promise and then some. He slashed .368/.420/.553 with five home runs, five steals and a 29:17 K:BB in 51 games across stops in the Gulf Coast and New York-Penn leagues, all before turning 18. It is quite rare for a player with the potential for plus power to be showing off an excellent approach and a plus hit tool against professional pitching at an age when most players are between their junior and senior years of high school. Soto should be valued similarly to the top prospects from the 2016 draft class and could follow the same aggressive promotion pattern as organizational mate Victor Robles.
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Clubs homer despite sore leg
OFWashington Nationals
Lower Leg
July 16, 2019
Soto is managing a sore shin after fouling a ball off his leg Tuesday at Baltimore, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. He went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI.
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Crushes game-winning homer
OFWashington Nationals
July 13, 2019
Soto went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and a second run scored in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Phillies.
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Clobbers another homer
OFWashington Nationals
July 3, 2019
Soto went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk during a 3-2 victory against the Marlins on Tuesday.
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Swats 14th homer
OFWashington Nationals
June 29, 2019
Soto went 1-for-3 with a walk, a solo home run and a second run scored in Friday's 3-1 win over the Tigers.
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Slugs 13th homer
OFWashington Nationals
June 28, 2019
Soto went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Marlins.
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